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20th Annual ACES Central Eurasian Studies Conference

Sat, Apr 6, 9:00 am to 6:00 pm
Woodburn Hall, Indiana University, Bloomington

The Association of Central Eurasian Students is pleased to host the 20th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday, April 6, 2013.

Some brief information about travel and accommodations in Bloomington may be found here.

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Conference Schedule

Session 1 (8:30am - 10:20am)

Woodburn Hall 106: Central Eurasian Languages and Linguistics
Chair: Piibi-Kai Kivik

  • Shiming Chen and Guo Ying - The Project of Uyghur Annotated Translation of Central Asian Historical Materials from the 24 Dynastic Histories of China
  • Jonathan North Washington - Challenges to designing morphological transducers for Turkic languages
  • Rahmon Inomkhojayev - Raising the Cultural Awareness of Students with Cultural Courses

Woodburn Hall 109: The Mongol Empire
Chair: György Kara

  • Won Cho - The Intermediary between the Mongol Ruler and the conquered people: The Non-Mongol Darughachis in the Mongol Empire
  • Hosung Shim - Early History of Chinggis Khan Revisited: A New Approach to the Rise of Temüjin
  • Wonhee Cho - Rethinking the “religious tolerance” of the Mongol Empire
  • Yoshiyuki Funada - Mongol Rulers and Northern Chinese Society under the Early Mongol Empire: A Study on Chaghatai’s Domain in Taiyuan

Woodburn Hall 111: Islamic Shrines and Hagiographies
Chair: Devin Deweese

  • Zeynep Elbasan - Sultan Süleyman’s Shrine Visitations during His 16th Century Reign in Ottoman Empire
  • Ulan Bigozhin - Reclaiming sacred identity at a shrine complex: Isabek-Ishan‘s lineage in Aqkol Auyl
  • Zafar Najmiddinov - Hanafi Works as Sources for Historiography of Central Asia (13th – 16th cc.)
  • Nathan Montgomery - Reported Speech in Textual Variants of the Tadhkira-ye Bughra Khani

Woodburn Hall 120: Identity in Crisis
Chair: Lynn Hooker

  • Aimee Dobbs - An Informal Education: Əkinci as Educational Medium and Advocate for Epistemic Change, 1875-1877
  • Hülya Doğan - Adaptive Strategies of Meskhetian Turks to the United States
  • Jason Vincz - Black Monastery and The Forest of the Hanged: Representations of Collective Identity in the Transylvanian Literature of World War One


Session 2 (10:30am - 12:20pm)

Woodburn Hall 106: Sexuality in the Islamic World
Chair: Kemal Silay

  • Nicholas Kontovas - Queer slang and demographic change in Early Republican Istanbul
  • Arif Korkmaz - Contemporary Orientations in the Islamic Conception of Homosexuality

Woodburn Hall 111: Ethnography in Afghanistan
Chair: Nazif Shahrani

  • Bill Mankins - Observations of Nang-Pashtuns and American Soldiers in Afghanistan
  • Elliott Newton and Malik Hodjaev - Uzbeks of Afghanistan: Language, Culture, and Traditions

Woodburn Hall 120: Biography as Historiography
Chair: Edward Lazzerini

  • Aziza Shanazarova - Laziz Azizzoda: Life in Exile
  • Michael Hancock-Parmer - Continuity and Change in the Steppe - National History and the Story of Mukhamedzhan Tynyshpaev


Session 3 (2:00pm - 3:50pm)

Woodburn Hall 106: Renegotiating the Soviet Legacy
Chair: Del Schwab

  • Nataliya Chemayeva - Soviet legacy in modern archaeological field of Central Asian states
  • Dina Sharipova - The Determinants of Informal Reciprocity: Evidence from a Survey of Post-Soviet Kazakhstan
  • Ilona Gerbakher - Islam in Post-Soviet Russia: The Secular Russian Federation?

Woodburn Hall 109: A New Look at Historical Sources for the Study of Tibet
Chair: Elliot Sperling

  • Bo Huang - Frontier Defense of the Tibetan Empire
  • Peter Faggen - The making of an Amdo Mkha gro ma: Chronicling the Gungru dakini in biography and on the ground
  • Eveline Yang - Before the chol kha gsum: Geographies of Tibet in the pre-Mongol Period

Woodburn Hall 111: Expressive Culture
Chair: Kathryn Graber

  • Khishigsuren Vaughn - Mongolian Tea Ritual
  • Miriam J. Woods - Tajik “National Dress”: Relic of the Past or Everyday Fashion?
  • Lydia Harrington - House as Non-House: Sedad Eldem’s search for a modern Turkish vernacular
  • Ainur Baisakalov - The Protest in the Song: Message and Will to the Future Generations Expressed by Birzhan-sal (1834-1897) in his Song Addressed to his Son – “Temirtas”

Session 4 (4:00pm - 5:50pm)

Woodburn Hall 106: The Internet in Central Asia
Chair: Hans Ibold

  • Marintha Miles - Friends, Foes, and Facebook: Blocking the Internet in Tajikistan
  • Cody Behles - Analysis of University Websites in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan

Woodburn Hall 109: Cultural Contact in the Ancient World
Chair: Christopher Beckwith

  • Vanessa Voss - Flesh and Bones of Ancient Iran
  • Aybike Şeyma Tezel - Tang vs. Turkish Interpretations of Inner Asians: A Study of Stone Inscriptions

Woodburn Hall 120: Competing for International Influence
Chair: Gardner Bovingdon

  • Xuan Li - Secrets in Mainland Chinese Scholarship: A Study of Study of U.S. Policy toward Tibet
  • Amita Vempati - Iran, Tajikistan, and Security Policy in Central Asia
  • Wei-chieh Tsai - Russo-Qing Competition in Kazakhstan, 1750-1860


Keynote Address (6:30pm) Woodburn 101

Dr. Tsering Shakya, Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia Institute of Asian Research University of British Columbia - "Tibet and Mongolia: the Search for Nationhood in the early 20th Century"